New Music USA’s Amplifying Voices Program Continues in 2023

Amplifying Voices Fosters Collaboration Toward Racial and Gender Equity in New Orchestral Music

New Music USA’s Amplifying Voices program, which launched in 2020 to foster collaboration and collective action between U.S. orchestras and composers through a network of co-commissions, continues this spring with ten premieres taking place across the country. The program has expanded rapidly to include over forty-five orchestras across the U.S. and beyond.

Amplifying Voices aims to make major strides in diversifying orchestral repertoire. According to the Institute for Composer Diversity’s 2022 Orchestra Repertoire Report, programmed works by women composers and composers of color increased overall from 4.5% in 2015 to 22.5% in 2022. Amplifying Voices is a long-term program which contributes to this momentum, increasing the support and promotion of composers who have been historically marginalized, creating space for their contributions to artistic planning at major national orchestras, and making major strides toward transforming the classical canon for future generations. In addition to facilitating co-commissions, Amplifying Voices also asks orchestras for a commitment to sharing existing repertoire by BIPOC and women composers.

During the 2022-23 concert season, Amplifying Voices will have fostered thirteen orchestral premieres taking place in London and across the U.S., including new works by Juan Pablo ContrerasVijay IyerTania LeónBrian Raphael NaborsNina Shekhar, Tyshawn Sorey, and Shelley Washington. Works by Clarice AssadKatherine BalchValerie Coleman, and Jessie Montgomery will be premiered during the 2023-24 concert season. Each of the composer’s pieces will be performed by a minimum of four orchestras over the course of three years.

Participating Composers and Orchestras:

Spring 2023 Amplifying Voices Performances:

  • January 14-16, 2023 – Vijay Iyer’s Human Archipelago, cellist Inbal Segev and the Oregon Symphony – Portland, OR
  • January 21, 2023 – Vijay Iyer’s Human Archipelago, cellist Inbal Segev and the Boise Philharmonic – Boise, ID
  • January 26, 2023 – Juan Pablo Contreras’ MeChicano, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra – New Orleans, LA
  • February 18, 2023 – Brian Raphael Nabors’ Upon Daybreak, ROCO – Houston, TX
  • February 25, 2023 – Vijay Iyer’s Human Archipelago, cellist Inbal Segev and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra – Palos Heights, IL
  • February 25-26, 2023 – Juan Pablo Contreras’ MeChicano, Richmond Symphony – Richmond, VA
  • March 4-5, 2023 – Tania León’s Pasajes, Orlando Philharmonic – Orlando, FL
  • March 16-18, 2023 – Tyshawn Sorey’s Adagio (For Wadada Leo Smith), saxophonist Timothy McAllister and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (U.S. premiere) – Atlanta, GA
  • April 27-29, 2023 – Brian Raphael Nabors’ Upon Daybreak, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Spring 2023 TBA – Nina Shekhar, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (world premiere) – Los Angeles, CA

2023-2024 Performances

  • September 30-October 1, 2023 – Juan Pablo Contreras’ MeChicano, California Symphony, Walnut Creek, CA
  • January 8-13, 2024 – Clarice Assad, New Work (world premiere), The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul, MN
  • March 1-2, 2024 – Shelley Washington’s Both, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI
  • May 30-June 2, 2024 – Valerie Coleman’s Concerto for Orchestra (world premiere), The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia, PA 
  • May 31-June 2, 2024 – Jessie Montgomery’s Snapshot, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI

To read more about each composer, their pieces, and see a complete list of orchestras participating, visit:

Alongside the co-commissioning program, participating orchestras, composers and industry guests are coming together through the Amplifying Voices Learning Lab. Anticipated focal points of these regular conversations include best approaches to co-commissioning, centering existent repertoire by BIPOC composers, and enabling audiences around the country to discover the most exciting music of our time. The program also purposefully fosters deep collaboration between the composer and orchestras by funding multiple visits with lead orchestras, and encouraging orchestras to include community experiences such as local school visits and education programs as part of their partnerships.

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